Oklahoma football: ESPN’s Power Index writing off Sooners


Now that the Big Ten is back in the game, the number crunchers at ESPN have even less faith in the 2020 edition of Oklahoma football than they had a week ago.

A week ago in this same space, I railed about the Sooners’ No. 8 ranking in the ESPN College Football Power Index and the projection that the Texas Longhorns had a 51 percent chance of winning the Big 12 this season compared to 25 percent for Oklahoma.

What upsets me about this is not so much that ESPN has sided with Texas as its pick to unseat the Sooners and their five-year championship reign in Big 12 football — we all know that Texas is expected to pose a significant challenge to OU in this most unusual college season — but rather the startling 25-percent difference in the percentage chances of the two archrivals to capture the league crown .

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